Do you want to know how to set up an Eureka Rainier tent? The Eureka Rainier tent is a lightweight backpacking tent, with three seasons capabilities and enough room for two people plus a gear vestibule. It sets up easily and is very good at standing in windy conditions because of its tunnel shape.
What you need to set up an Eureka Rainier tent is:
- The complete tent with all its components.
- A tent footprint.
- A flat and dry surface.
- A shovel.
- Find a flat and dry surface to set the tent. It should be protected from the elements, and away from rivers or streams that could raise overnight.
- Determine the wind direction. Being a tunnel tent, the Eureka Rainier will work best if aligned with the wind direction. Ideally, the wind should hit the back side of the tent, leaving the front door on the protected side.
- Place the footprint. A layer of nylon will keep most of the soil moisture away from your tent. Hold the footprint using rocks or sand.
- Extend the main body of the tent over the footprint. Check that all zippers are closed before continuing.
- Make the two longer poles go through the main body´s fabric loops from side to side. Then, clip both ends of each pole to the buttonholes on the sides of the main door.
- Put the shorter pole inside the fabric loop at the smaller end of the tunnel. Again, each end must be clipped to a buttonhole at the end of the main body.
- To hold the tent standing, you need to tighten the guy lines. Before doing that, set the tent in the desired position relative to the sun and wind. Place one of the corner stakes and then continue with the guy lines.
- Tighten the main body by fixing the stakes at all four corners of the tent. Tighten the opposite stake of the first one placed, and then tighten the other axis.
- If camping in a cold or rainy environment, put the rain fly and leave it on. Use the fabric fasteners on each corner to keep the fabric as tight as possible to maximize water repellency.
- If you will be using the Eureka Rainier in a war environment and rain is not expected, the rain fly is not really needed. Putting the rain fly on takes only a few seconds, and ventilation improves radically with it off.
- If heavy rain is expected, dig a trench around the tent, two feet away from the sides and three feet away from the door. This way, water will not flow underneath the tent, keeping the interior dry.
- Clear the area around the main door. The vestibule will be more useful if the ground is level, and also the vesibule´s capability of becoming an awning by opening the parallel zippers and planting a couple of poles gives you a lot of extra room with sun or light rain protection.
Remember to set the tent wisely. Such elements as rain, sun and wind must be properly weighed when placing a tent. The Eureka Rainier, with it´s tunnel shape, has great potential when dealing with the wind, but if it is misplaced, can make for a long long night.
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